Originally Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 10:14 am
Last Updated: Feb. 21, 2013, 10:14 am

Illinois doctor on trial, accused of patient assault

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CARMI, Ill. (AP) — A trial is under way in southern Illinois for a doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient.

WSIL-TV reports that the alleged victim from Golconda testified Wednesday in White County. She accused Dr. Jogendra Chhabra of grabbing the back of her head, biting her lip and fondling her after pushing her against a desk during a December 2011 office visit.

The woman, now 24, later reported the matter to a sheriff's deputy.

Chhabra's attorney tried to discredit the accuser, questioning whether she may have fabricated the encounter as part of a scheme to get money from the doctor.

State regulators later suspended Chhabra's medical license after concluding he didn't honor their order that he not see patients unchaperoned.